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Gators' Egbunu out for the year

Tears ACL in left knee

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida Gators center John Egbunu is out for the year after an MRI revealed today he tore the ACL in his left knee.

Egbunu went down in the first half of the 15th-ranked Gators' 114-95 win over Auburn on Tuesday night.

Tests Wednesday revealed the extent of the injury. Florida says his recovery time is projected at 10 to 12 months.

Coach Mike White says "we're all disappointed for John. He's been playing really well of late, so it's a tough blow to him and our team."

Egbunu averaged 7.8 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds this season. Sophomore Kevarrius Hayes is expected to step into his starting spot.

Adding to Florida's injury concerns, freshman center Gorjok Gak sprained his left foot in practice Monday and could miss up to two weeks.